Rep. Griffin: Tax cut plan will bring tax relief to Michigan families

Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan said Southwest Michigan families will be in line for tax relief because of legislation she helped approve in the state Legislature this week. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on state income taxes, potentially saving families hundreds of dollars each year. “This vote…

Rep. Griffin casts vote to end burdensome driver responsibility fees

Legislation opens door to restore driving privileges   State Rep. Beth Griffin today voted for legislation that will eliminate driver responsibility fees and open a path for people to get their driving privileges restored. Griffin, of Mattawan, said she applauds the legislative package that eliminates an ill-conceived fee that people charged with driving offenses were…

Rep. Griffin bill clarifies lease-purchase agreement guidelines for schools

Legislator: Informative measure can now lead to more savings for school districts A bill proposed by state Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan which clears up language in existing law regarding lease-purchase agreements today was overwhelmingly advanced in a bipartisan vote by the Michigan House. Lease-purchase agreements provide school boards and intermediate school districts with flexibility…

Rep. Griffin supports bills to improve student protection

State Rep. Beth Griffin, of Mattawan, today announced her support for legislation to improve reporting and help protect young people in sexual assault and child abuse cases across the state, in response to the recent Larry Nassar case. “The scandal at Michigan State University is a lesson that we must give victims of this kind…

Griffin: Grant to help counties increase level of veteran services

  State Rep. Beth Griffin of Mattawan cosponsored legislation authored by state Rep. Jason Wentworth of Clare Wednesday encouraging Michigan counties to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program. Each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her scheduled monthly office hours. “Hosting office hours throughout the entire district is one of my top priorities for 2018,” Griffin said. “Being accessible in every community of the district is an important part of my job.” The office hours…

Rep. Griffin votes to provide tax relief to Michigan families, seniors

State Rep. Beth Griffin today voted to approve a package of bills aimed at providing income tax relief for families and seniors. The bills continue and increase personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their income taxes, while providing additional relief for senior citizens. Griffin, of Mattawan, voted for the three-bill package that…

Rep. Griffin announces FIRST Robotics grants

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced state grant awards to several local FIRST Robotics teams. “FIRST teaches students life-long skills that will prepare them for jobs in the 21st century economy,” Griffin said.  “These kids are doing incredible work building these robots.  I am proud to support this program, and look forward to seeing them…

Rep. Griffin announces DNR Recreational Passport grant

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced The Village of Paw Paw has been selected as the recipient of a Recreational Passport grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Funding in the amount of $61,500 will be used to develop a universally accessible boat launch and install a natural shoreline at Sunset Park.  Funds from…

New law protects minors from opioid addiction

State Rep. Beth Griffin’s legislation to help protect minors from opioid addiction was signed into Michigan law by Lt. Gov. Brian Calley Wednesday. Part of a package focused on combating the opioid drug epidemic, Griffin’s legislation requires the Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Commission to develop recommendations for student instruction addressing the risks associated with…

Rep. Griffin hosts district office hours

State Rep. Beth Griffin today announced plans to meet with residents of Southwest Michigan during her first scheduled office hours of 2018. “Hosting office hours throughout the district will continue to be one of my top priorities in 2018, “Griffin said. “These face-to-face meetings are a great way for me to be accessible and accountable…

COLUMN: A year in review

It has truly been an honor to serve you this year. As 2017 draws to a close, I wanted to share some highlights from my work on your behalf this year. Being accessible and accountable is a top priority for me. Throughout 2017, I hosted more than 50 opportunities for people to meet with me…

Rep. Griffin supports bills to expand skilled trade opportunities

State Rep. Beth Griffin recently voted to enhance skilled trade education in Michigan’s public schools, calling the bipartisan five-bill package “an opportunity for Michigan’s future.” “We need to help match our education with the careers and jobs that are out there today,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “That will ultimately help our state’s students, while giving…